Triathlon seems to be a natural progression for a lot of cyclists. And considering there are races popping up all over the place it is no wonder that many of us are tempted to triathlon a go.
Getting involved is pretty simple – sign up for a race and get the kit! Of course a few of us probably need to add a couple of emergency swim and run training sessions to that list too!
Here is a list of triathlon gear you’ll need to get started:
Throughout the race
A tri-suit is an all in one that you will pop on under your wetsuit and wear for the duration of the race. Tight fitting and breathable, with a chamois insert for the cycle, it’s perfect for the job in hand.
You will need a wetsuit. A swim specific wetsuit is best as wetsuits designed for surfing will have a different balance of buoyancy making them tricky to swim in.
Wetsuits start at around £100 but for your first event try to borrow one from a friend or hire one. You wetsuit should be a snug fit, make sure you try before you buy.
Goggles and a swim cap are are essential but can be bought cheaply from any sports store.
Can’t swim? Don’t panic. Read how one lady tackled learning to swim just 7 weeks before her first triathlon here.
Most types of bikes are permitted at triathlons so do not worry about investing in a fancy road bike or triathlon specific bike for your first race. You will often see people on everything from hybrids to Dutch style bikes at races.
If you decide it is something you want to pursue more seriously you can start upgrading an existing road bike with tri bars etc.
Have a bottle of water or energy drink on the bike to help fuel you through the race.
You must wear a helmet, however sunglasses are optional, if needed they will come in handy for the run too. The speedy racers won’t bother with gloves but if you prefer them wear them.
Tri specific bike shoes help, they are simplifiedroad shoes with a single strap for quick entry and exit. Road shoes will do but take you longer to get in and out of or you could go for trainers and toes clips if you’re unsure about riding clipped in.
After all the fun of cycling you get to T2 where you rack your bike, remove your helmet, slip into a pair of running shoes and start the final leg. Keep a hat or visor to keep the sun off here. You might also stash a bottle of water/energy drink or an energy gel at T2 but these things are usually provided out on the run course.
Brain vs. Pain
All you need now is a strong head to run through the jelly leg feeling of using new muscles and you’re on the way to completing your first triathlon.
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